Sunday, May 13, 2007

Coconut Cream Pie

This recipe comes from a Betty Crocker cookbook that I received as a wedding gift. I recommend this type of cookbook for the library of any aspiring cook because it is full of basic recipes like this one. This pie takes a few minutes to make, but it is well worth it. I recommend homemade whipped cream. It is a quick and easy process, and is in a different league from Cool Whip.

Coconut Cream Pie

1 All-Ready Piecrust
2/3 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 tbsp vanilla
3/4 cups shredded coconut (I prefer frozen)
2 tbsp softened butter
coconut for garnish

Place pie shell in pyrex piepan and bake according to package instructions. (450 for 9 minutes). Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir some of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks quickly,with a whisk. (Note: This step is really important because the eggs have to be gradually shocked into combining with the hot mixture. If this is done too quickly, or not stirred while you are mixing it, the eggs can scramble and leave you with gross cooked egg pieces in your pie). Pour back into hot mixture, stirring constantly, and boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter, coconut, and vanilla. Pour into pie shell. Press plastic wrap onto filling. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, but no longer than 48 hours. Remove plastic wrap. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with coconut.

Whipped Cream Topping

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 -2 tsp vanilla

Chill bowl and beaters in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Combine ingredients and beat until stiff.

Place piecrust in pyrex piepan. Trim and flute edges. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork:

Gradually add milk to the dry ingredients:

Heat and stir with a whisk until it begins to thicken and appear glossy:

Pour some of the hot mixture into beaten egg yolks and whisk quickly.

Boil and stir for 1-2 minutes after adding the egg yolks. Pour into baked pie shell.

For the whipped cream: Beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla in a chilled bowl.

Beat until stiff:

Top pie with whipped cream. You can just spread it on if you don't want to pipe it:

This pie is a wonderful ending for any meal. We had no leftovers.


Gilligan said...

My favorite!

Vickie said...

It is even better than Mary Ann's.

GF said...

This is the most incredible coconut cream pie that has ever existed on the face of the earth. If you could only taste a piece of it you would agree, and one piece is all that I got to eat. I thought that her key lime pie recipe was the best but I think this may top even it. If I sound like I might be hinting for another pie you may just be right.

Anonymous said...

This pie is beyond words! I made it for our family get together on the 4th of July and it was devoured!

Kristin Taylor

Vickie said...

I'm very glad you and your family liked it!